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League Two: Ben Foster continues Wrexham Hollywood story

Goalkeeper Ben Foster says Wrexham "feels like home" after he signed a one-year contract extension with the National League champions.

The former Manchester United shot-stopper had initially retired from football in September 2022, revealing he turned down the opportunity to join Newcastle in favour of hanging up the gloves for good. 

However, the 40-year-old found himself back in competitive action when tempted out of retirement by Wrexham in March, the club he had a loan spell at back in 2005 when on Stoke City's books. 

A knee ligament injury to the Red Dragons' first-choice keeper Rob Lainton forced Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney into the transfer market, and they managed to get the former England international on board. 

Foster made eight appearances in total and he was able to keep three clean sheets in total, while he also saved a crucial penalty against Notts County in a 3-2 victory that effectively handed Wrexham the title. 

Having helped the club get to League Two as National League champions, the shot-stopper has now decided to extend his stay at The Racecourse Ground for another year. 

Speaking on his new deal, Foster said: "I'd decided before the end of last season I wanted to do it, because it feels like home. I've never joined a football club and felt at ease so quickly. 

"At the end of last season it was obvious that I enjoyed being at the club, I loved being part of the team and everything that Wrexham stands for." 

Ahead of the League Two 2023/24 season, Wrexham have been installed as the 7/2 favourites To Win Outright the title, while they also lead the betting in the To be Promoted market at 5/6.

WhatEngland League Two 2023/24
WhereVarious grounds across England and Wales
WhenAugust 2023 - May 2024
How to watchSky Sports Football
 
OddsWrexham 7/2, Stockport 6/1, Notts County 10/1, Milton Keynes Dons 14/1, Bradford City 14/1

Welsh move on the cards for Englishman?

There have been several high-profile players linked with a move to Wrexham this summer, including the retired Gareth Bale and his compatriot Jonny Williams. 

While a move for Bale won't be happening, Williams is an interesting proposition given the fact he has just left Swindon Town following the expiry of his two-year contract. 

The 29-year-old has been plagued by injuries during his career but he could be a welcome addition to the Wrexham squad, adding that extra bit of quality and also bringing experience to the dressing room.

Jones considered for Foster reunion 

Wrexham have already snared one former Red Devil in the shape of Foster and he could be joined at The Racecourse Ground by ex-United teammate Phil Jones, who is a free agent this summer. 

It has not been a pleasant few years for the defender, who has 27 England caps to his name, as a catalogue of injuries has seen him make just four Premier League appearances since the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign. 

Whether the Red Dragons would want to take a risk on an injury-prone player is up for debate, but there is no doubt a fit Jones would help strengthen a defence in League Two.

Norwegian a rumoured target 

Morten Gamst Pedersen was a superb footballer in the Premier League during his days with Blackburn from 2004-2013 and he has also been linked with a move to Wales this summer. 

Now at the ripe age of 41, the midfielder currently plays for Norwegian side Ranheim Fotball and it would take a substantial offer for him to leave his home country and head to Wrexham. 

On the subject of transfers, manager Phil Parkinson recently told GOAL: "We are not in a summer where we need seven or eight players because the squad is strong. 

"Of course, ideally, we would like to improve in one or two areas and we are looking to do that but my feeling is it might take a bit of time."

Irishman attracting Championship interest 

While Wrexham are looking to add to their squad, they are also facing a battle to keep hold of midfielder Tom O'Connor who is said to be a target for Championship side Coventry City. 

The Sky Blues were beaten by Luton on penalties in the play-off final and manager Mark Robins is now aiming to add some extra pieces to his squad to enable them to reach the Promised Land. 

O'Connor caught the eye with some impressive performances during the course of the season and he may find it hard to tough down the chance to move up to England's second tier.

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